Have you ever been at a Christian concert where there was an altar call? As they asked people to come forward or raise their hands to accept Christ, you may have felt a pang of doubt in your heart. Perhaps you prayed the sinner’s prayer when you were six and you’ve lived under the assumption that you’re a Christian, but have never been able to shake that doubt. How can you know for sure that you’ve accepted Christ as Savior? Ask yourself the following questions.
Have I confessed and repented of my sin?
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Confession is the acknowledgement of sin before God. He already knows what we’ve done, so the point of confession isn’t to expose the sin to Him. The point is to bring our hearts into alignment with His holy standard. When we confess sin, we’re acknowledging that we answer to God’s standard of purity:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Repentance is what we do with our confession. It is possible to confess sin but not repent of it. This is someone who knows they can’t earn their way to abundant life, but doesn’t care. He prefers to live life his own way and take a risk on eternity. A repentant person sees her need for a Savior and does a 180-degree turn. She rejects the sin she used to embrace and chooses to take Christ at His word: that if she trusts what He says He did on her behalf, she will be saved. This salvation is eternal, but it is also present-day.
Have I trusted Christ for my destiny, both eternal and present?
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Salvation is both a one-time decision and a daily walk. When we accept Christ’s sacrifice, confessing and repenting of our former life, we are justified before God. We no longer bear the title “guilty,” but are now adopted as sons and daughters of God:
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
Justification is one half of our salvation; sanctification is the other. Though we are made pure by Christ’s sacrifice—we could never make ourselves good enough on our own!—we must walk out our holy identity daily:
…as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling… (Philippians 2:12)
We are sanctified as we walk daily with Christ, seeking His guidance through His Word (if you have doubts about whether the Bible is God’s Word, read this post). As your character grows and your faith deepens, your actions will “bear fruit” that reflects Christ’s influence.
Am I bearing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5)?
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:8)
We prove to be Jesus’s disciples by how we live. What we watch, think, say and wear matters because it’s our way of preaching the gospel to the world. Your walk with God is a journey, not just a one-time decision, and as such you will bear richer fruit as time goes on. To do so, you must stay connected to “the Vine” (Jesus – John 15) and become grounded in His love.
If you still doubt your salvation after asking these questions, come to the Lord now! Walk through these steps and bring your heart to Jesus Christ. He made you. He designed you to want relationship and He made a way for you to have it with Him. Don’t miss out on this incredible gift.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)